Hotel Esplanade represents our largest and most complex hospitality project, and continues our 15-year partnership with Sand Hill Road.
‘The Espy’ includes 12 bars, 2 restaurants, numerous discrete spaces, and 3 separate performance areas, making it the biggest and most complicated hotel or food and beverage project in Melbourne city.
The Traditional Custodians of this land
Ayus Botanical - Landscaping
‘Kickarse Victorian Grandeur’
Our design remains true to the spirit of The Espy and aspires to give it another chapter in the story of its colourful and varied history. The spaces presented so much possibility in terms of design so it was about exploring what we could do to bring them back to life. The process involved practical problem solving and historical research to drive the design.
“The design is unique because it focuses entirely on historical layering. Different eras and styles call to each other across the spaces – making for an eclectic customer exploration – and this is united throughout by exposing the good bones of the original building.”
– Justin Northrop, Director
Storytelling through materials
Distressed wall finishes by artist Meg Milton, using Porter's Paints in a 'French Wash' using colours 'Jealous Guy' and 'Semi Jealous'
RC+D carpet from the 'Monsieur Christian Lacoiux' collection, in a custom made colour palette
Antique styling pieces sourced from vintage stores are found across all levels adding authentic touches to each unique story
Elliot Clarke upholstery from 'Threads Meridian Velvet' Range, in shade 'Emerald'
'Verandah Fan' from Prestige Fans with a 'Bronze' oil finish and 'Walnut' blades
'Art Wall Light' from Memory Lane in 'Antique Brass'
“We hope it will be hard to tell which sections are original details and which things have been recreated. This approach was new for us and was, at the time, new in Melbourne; it’s more familiar in Europe where this architectural tradition is much older.”
– Nick Travers, Director
Stories of the Espy
An entrepreneur, chemist and art enthusiast who resided in the Espy. The Ghost Of Alfred Felton highlights three elegantly adorned upstairs sections, mirroring his life with worldwide antiques. A historian vividly portrays his Espy dwelling: 'Bookshelves and art all round; crammed elsewhere with disorderly heaps of books, papers, clocks... or a pedestal carrying a marble statue.'
Found during construction, underneath an impressive wallpaper from the 1940's , these drawings allegedly depict the managers from an Espy era of the past - dressed impeccably - as you would expect from the 19th century.
These drawings were kept in tact... next time you're there, check under the stairs!
The artistry of Meg Milton
Artist, Meg Milton, was brought on to the team to preserve and recreate the disheveled walls. All the colours found in her incredibly intricate artwork are from the original hues found within the layers of the aged walls.